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SHINE YOUR LIGHT by Susan Miura
2/19/2020 1:20:00 PM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Shards of Light (Book 2 in the Healer series)

AUTHOR:  Susan Miura

PUBLISHER:  Vinspire Publushing

GENRE: Young Adult

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: Series (can be read as a stand alone)

TARGET AGE:  13 – Adult

 

 

 

I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN MIURA TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. SUSAN SHARES THE IMPORTANCE OF APPROACHING EDITORS/AGENTS IN A MANNER THAT MAKES US SHINE.

 

 

SUSAN IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF EITHER HEALER OR SHARDS OF LIGHT.

 

 

SHINE YOUR LIGHT

 

 

by

 

 

Susan Miura

 

 

Several years ago, I was drinking coffee during a break at the Write to Publish Conference when I witnessed a scene that became a defining moment in my writing and speaking career, as well as my overall human experience. A popular literary agent stood nearby, also enjoying a coffee, when a conference attendeee ran up to him. Nervous and breathy, with rapid-fire words, she said “I promised myself I’d meet you and I’m so nervous but I’m doing it and I hope it’s okay because I really wanted to meet you.” Yikes. She was trembling, about to implode, I think, but the agent was gracious and kind, giving the woman her moment and letting her know there was no reason to be flustered. Even so, my heart hurt for her. As someone who started out as a reporter, then switched gears to public relations and public speaking, I’ve always felt comfortable talking with agents and editors. But through the years, I saw the scene above repeated in various ways while waiting for appointments. New or unpublished authors would wait their turns, trembling, forgetting their well-practiced pitches, and sometimes even fighting back tears.

 

 

The Spirit nudged me. I did nothing. Another nudge, and another, until I found myself wanting to encourage and empower fellow writers. In my young adult novels and during author visits, I had focused on the theme of encouragement and explained that some of my characters embody the verse “Love one another as I have loved you” by supporting and encouraging each other through life’s challenges. I had often used author visits to remind people that we may not have the powerful gift of healing like my main character, but we each have our own God-given gifts and the ability to encourage.

 

 

Eventually I found a way to act on the Spirit’s nudges by creating a new writing workshop: “Nail that Pitch - how to talk to agents and editors.” With fun and informative slides, and a few Snoopy memes, participants learn how to prepare for, conduct and follow up on agent/editor appointments. I also tell them what to expect, and remind them that these appointments are nothing more than conversations with fellow Christians. Hopefully, with that in mind and their newfound information, they can walk away with the confidence they need to talk to an agent or editor without imploding. 

 

 

I’m grateful God blessed me with the ability and opportunities to be an author and speaker, and hope I can use those blessings to encourage and help others shine. But encouragement doesn’t have to be a presentation or anything big and complicated. That’s the divine beauty of it – sometimes it’s just the right word in the right moment. And anyone can do that. 

 

 

 

Book Cover Blurb for Shards of Light (Healer, Book 2)

Ice crystalizes around Shilo’s heart, threatening to plunge her into darkness as she’s gripped by evil. And it is only Week Two of her summer-long exile to Sicily. But Shilo will face the evil, and the torment of missing Kenji, because the reason she crossed an ocean is worth that, and more. Nonna Marie, her great-grandmother. The one who set their family tree on fire. Years ago, she received The Gift – a miraculous, divine power to heal. The same power bestowed upon Shilo just before her seventeenth birthday. Becoming a Healer has already led to danger and heartache, but it is nothing compared to what lies ahead. High on Mt. Etna, in a centuries-old convent, Shilo will discover the horrors of human trafficking, heroic feats propelled by courage and faith, and the unbearable pain of another loss.

On a ballet stage halfway around the world, Melody grand jetés into a life-changing moment. But after years of strenuous preparation, something goes terribly wrong. When she regains consciousness, her ballet dreams lie shattered, piercing Melody with shards of hopelessness. What is life without ballet? And how will she survive this ordeal without Shilo? As Melody struggles to piece together the fragments of her broken life, she reflects on the Nigerian-Russian parents she never knew, and a pair of hauntingly familiar ebony eyes. 

 

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY(US residents only eligible for print copy) OF WINNER’S CHOICE OF HEALER OR SHARDS OF LIGHT BETWEEN NOW AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. (Clarification: One print book and one ebook will be given away).

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

 

Susan Miura is an author, public relations professional and photographer. Additionally, she teaches writing workshops and gives travel presentations at venues throughout the Chicago suburbs. Susan works for the Schaumburg Library, serves as president for the ACFW Chicago chapter, and is a member of SCBWI and Willow Creek Community Church. Her young adult novels, Healer and Shards of Light (Vinspire Publishing) have won first place awards in YA fiction. Her next book, Signs in the Dark, will release in October 2020. Connect with Susan:

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Comments

Susan Miura From Illinois At 3/3/2020 7:16:24 AM

Thank you, Gail, Les, & Becky! I enjoyed writing this book because of the Sicily setting & issue of human trafficking, which breaks my heart. I'm also grateful that God provided a way, through writing, to help me discuss encouragement with young audiences. Thanks for commenting!

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 3/1/2020 8:42:15 PM

Wow--what a plot! Glad you are writing Y/A...so needed.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Susan.

Les From At 3/1/2020 9:45:38 AM

Thanks for sharing! Very encouraging. Your books sounds good. Thanks for the chance to win.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Les. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing.

Becky M Van Vleet From Colorado At 2/20/2020 9:35:04 AM

Susan, I appreciate your view of encouragement--sometimes it's just the right word at the right moment. It's great that you were able to take your "nudge" to the next level and use it for God's glory and encouragement to new writers.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

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4/7/2016 1:07:13 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF SAINT'S ROOST by TERRY BURNS
3/30/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANNETTE O'HARE
3/17/2016 12:45:02 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
3/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF HANNAH'S CHOICE BY JAN DREXLER
2/27/2016 7:48:49 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR WADE WEBSTER
2/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PAT JEANNE DAVIS
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DEBRA E. MARVIN
1/20/2016 11:44:44 PM  by: Patti Shene

HAPPY 2016 FROM WRITER SANDY KIRBY QUANDT
1/7/2016 12:44:03 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
12/18/2015 11:43:46 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
12/3/2015 10:21:32 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA IVES LILLY
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WELCOME AUTHOR NIKE CHILLEMI
10/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KELLY IRVIN
10/1/2015 10:53:45 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PATTY SMITH HALL
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WELCOME AUTHOR HOLLY MICHAEL
9/4/2015 8:45:59 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE MILLER PEASE
8/19/2015 11:58:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
8/5/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
7/16/2015 1:54:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL SATTLER
7/9/2015 11:11:36 AM  by: Patti Shene

WEIGHT LOSS DEVOTIONAL FREE ON KNDLE
6/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR YVONNE ADERSON
6/5/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SHERRI STONE
5/21/2015 1:14:50 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIANNE JONES
5/6/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF INDEBTED BY BRAXTON DeGARMO
4/29/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DEANNA K. KLINGEL
4/17/2015 9:32:59 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA IVES LILLY
4/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
3/19/2015 9:59:32 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DARLENE FRANKLIN
3/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MICHELLE GRIEP
2/20/2015 9:45:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

NEGOTIATING THE LEARNING CURVE
2/6/2015 11:43:27 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN ENCOURAGEMENT COMES YOUR WAY
1/30/2015 10:49:02 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SANDY NADEAU
1/14/2015 10:13:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

I AM A WRITER--OR AM I REALLY?
1/1/2015 8:17:26 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GEORGE DUNCAN
12/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARTHA ROGERS
11/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR EDITH EDWARDS
11/6/2014 11:15:50 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
10/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
10/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR FRANCES SUSANNE BROWN
9/18/2014 10:48:13 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
9/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LILLIAN DUNCAN
8/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CYNTHIA TONEY
8/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CARRIE STUART PARKS
7/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR & PUBLISHER TRACY RUCKMAN
7/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET SKETCHLEY
6/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
6/4/2014 11:36:05 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA CAREY LYLES
5/15/2014 1:04:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

DARK BIOLOGY BY BONNIE DORAN
5/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE WATERS OF KADESH BY CAROLE TOWRISS
4/17/2014 12:50:51 PM  by: P

WHERE HOPE STARTS BY ANGELA D. MEYER
4/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE CHARM BRACELET BY SUSAN PAGE DAVIS
3/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin
3/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
2/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME WRITER DELORES LIESNER
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
1/15/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Don't Let Bible Contradictions Rob Your Faith
1/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Lilliann Duncan
5/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a Reluctant Reader
5/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LENA NELSON DOOLEY
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KATHI MACIAS
4/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle
4/18/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

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4/11/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author JoAnn Durgin
2/14/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Award-Winning Author Susan Page Davis
2/7/2013 12:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing Jeanette Windle and Congo Dawn
1/23/2013 10:22:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

Author Carole Johnson on Perseverance
1/17/2013 12:24:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Value of Social Media
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Glimpse Into the Future
1/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Jo Huddleston
12/20/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Give Some Holiday Hope for Just $3.99
12/14/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Great Christmas books from Lena Nelson Dooley
12/7/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome to Author Jude Urbanski
11/13/2012 12:59:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

A Writers Journey Part IV
11/13/2012 12:55:36 PM  by: Patti Shene

Interview with Author Kelly Irvin
11/13/2012 12:50:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

Whose prophecy do you believe?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Michal J. Webb
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Author Sharon Shrock and the Women of Valley
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Lillian Duncan
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene